Who are the best web design agencies in Manchester?
It’s a tough question. But if you’re looking for a new website for your business then this article should certainly help.
I’ve decided to put together a list of the top ten agencies in Manchester who specialise in website design.
And in case you’re wondering; the answer is…
We didn’t include ourselves in the list below. That would be a bit weird. But if you like, you can…
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What I wanted to do instead was to take a completely unbiased approach when writing this article.
We understand that not everyone is going to hire us to build their website and that’s fine. My goal is to only work with companies who we can truly help.
Just because we are not the right fit for you doesn’t mean we can’t help you choose someone else.
How we came up with the list
Obviously this is my personal opinion based on many years experience in the industry but we did take a few things into account before including them in the list below.
- How good is their agency website
- How good are their client’s websites
- Their online customer reviews
- User experience of their site
- Branding and overall style
We’ve also included a short description of our favourite project for each web design agency.
1. Soap Media
There’s no doubt about it, Soap Media are a hugely impressive agency, specialising in all things web and digital. In their ten years+ in business, they’ve worked with Pontins and Booths, to most recently, the AA.
I’ve always been a fan of Blackpool Grand Theatre, so I was intrigued when they launched their new website. Soap Media was their agency of choice and they built them a fantastic website. It’s bold, clean, vibrant and, most importantly so easy to navigate. Managing how the user flows through your website is tricky. Soap Media got it spot on.
4.9 stars (7 reviews)
2. Shape/Made by Shape
Made by Shape are based in Atherton, just outside of Manchester. They’re well known for web design and in particular, e-commerce websites. They have a team of around nine staff, an impressive portfolio of work and a hugely helpful blog which they update regularly.
An e-commerce website for Rachel Bates Interiors caught my eye. The great thing about this site is that it doesn’t look like an e-commerce site. With over 17,000 products this site offers a lot of functionality but with a beautiful, delicate design.
5 star (11 reviews)
Supremo are a team of three but don’t let their size fool you. The hallmark of any good agency isn’t the number of staff it has, it’s what they produce; and Supremo produce some great work.
I love the Jam PR website. Supremo are right when they say “this site certainly doesn’t look like your bog-standard PR agency site”. It’s unique and quirky, and I love the illustrations which just give the site a real sense of character.
5 star (4 reviews)
4. Carbon Creative
Carbon Creative lead from the front when it comes to being green. They’re mindful of their environment, and even plant a new tree for every new client they take on. They’ve done some real creative and innovative work, particularly for charities and public sector organisations.
The Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College website. Sometimes, you have to speak to many different audiences through one website. This can be difficult. But Carbon Creative have achieved it with this project. They designed a site that appeals to prospective and current students; as well as staff, parents and carers.
5 star (1 review)
5. Creative Spark
Creative Spark are a tight-knit team who’ve worked with some jaw-dropping clients such as Virgin Money and The Ministry of Sound. They’re hugely active on their blog and also social media, offering helpful advice and opinion pieces that give you a real insight into how this agency operates. Their work speaks for itself–hugely creative and original stuff.
Okay, maybe I’m a little biased with this one. I am a huge Manchester City fan, after all. However, the Manchester City, Cityzens site, is a membership website packed with functionality. It makes you feel part of a community, allowing you to engage with fans from all across the world. It’s enough to get you singing Blue Moon.
5 Star (3 reviews)
6. Urban Soul
Urban Soul are a digital agency based in Rochdale with an impressive client history, including Interflora and Leeds Council. They particularly specialise in web design and print media.
I really liked IDEM Living. Urban Soul designed the logo, which is a colourful sketch that really fits in with IDEM Living’s brand. The website is clean, easy-to-use and most importantly fun!
5 star (10 reviews)
7. 22 Group
22 Group are a creative agency who have a particular specialism in brand development and management. They’re a highly creative agency, producing some exciting work. They’ve worked with the NHS, New Look and Santander.
Meyers Family Run Estate Agency. 22 Group really ‘get’ branding. They reflected the estate agencies family run values and different approach through some really quirky and original designs, which were then mirrored across their website and marketing material.
5 star (1 review)
8. Digital Next
Digital Next was born from two brothers in 2009. It’s grown rapidly in such a short period and they now have over two hundred and fifty staff worldwide. They offer SEO, PPC and web design services as online PR and content marketing.
Digital Next do some great work in SEO and online PR. But I really liked the website they designed for NCC Home Learning. Again, this is an e-commerce website built using Magento, but one that doesn’t look like an e-commerce site. It’s highly engaging and user-friendly with lots of functionality.
5 star (21 review)
9. Candid Sky
“Champions of Search and CRO (conversion rate optimisation)” Candid Sky are not just another web design agency. They also specialise in the technical aspects of websites i.e. development, conversions and search engine marketing. They’ve worked with some pretty big clients such as Sage and Royal Mail.
The Peninsular Law firm website. This particular website is amazing in so many ways but what I love most is the strong “conversion focused” design. Every inch of this website has been built to increase enquiries. It’s a great looking website but it also does it’s job too.
5 star (17 review)
10. Fat Heads Creative Studio
Fat Heads Creative Studio was born in 2007 with a team of two. They offer design services including print and brand identity as well as web design. They are still only a small team but have worked with some big clients including many Schools and Colleges across the UK.
I really like the Hartlepool College website. It’s fun and interactive. They use a vibrant set of colours that bring the website alive. It has a unique layout that draws your attention and keeps you engaged.
5 star (3 review)
Writing a blog post about 10 OTHER web design companies may seem a little…odd. But as I said earlier, we might not be the right agency for you. If that’s the case, you now have another 10 companies you can choose from who we’d be happy to recommend.
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